Saints are no longer last in NFL in rushing offense

Even though they next have to go against the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, there was good news for the Saints following their 28-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night.

The Saints no longer rank 32nd in the NFL in rushing offense, according to the statistics that were released Tuesday morning.

After going into Monday’s game averaging 72.6 yards a game with only one game of more than 100 yards in their first seven outings, the Saints busted out with 140 yards and a 5.6 average against the Eagles.

As a result, the Saints moved up two spots to 30th with Oakland (77.3) and Arizona (76.2) falling behind them.

The bad news is the Saints now rank 32nd against the run in dropping one spot after giving up 221 yards to the Eagles. They are giving up 176.5 yards per game and are still 32nd in total yards at 471.3 yards per outing.

Here are the pertinent numbers for Sunday’s matchup with the 8-0 Falcons in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (NFL rank in parentheses):

SAINTS

Offense: Total yards, 386.4 (5); rushing, 81.0 (30); passing, 305.4 (2); scoring, 27.3 (8).

Defense: Total yards, 471.3 (32); rushing, 176.5 (32); passing, 294.8 (29); scoring, 28.6 (t28).

FALCONS

Offense: Total yards, 376.6 (8); rushing, 98.5 (25); passing, 278.1 (8); scoring, 27.5 (7).

Defense: Total yards, 356.3 (19); rushing, 127.5 (24); passing, 228.8 (14); scoring, 17.9 (5).